FPAC or Fort Point Arts Community, located in Boston is a group of artists who are working to rebuild the community through public art. A few years ago, artists occupied the majority of the buildings in the Fort Point area. When the buildings were sold, the artists were kicked out of their spaces and the buildings still remain empty. There are currently only 3 buildings in the area that house artists. Lisa Greenfield and Dan Van Ackere are part of an effort to bring the artist community back together through public art. This piece was created for an Advanced Online Journalism class at Boston University. Photos and Video by Lindsay Schmon, Lindsay Perna and Kellie Ryan. Produced by Kellie Ryan.
Fort Point is the central hub for budding artists and photographers in Boston. They live and work together as a tight-knit group and formed what is known as the Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC), which was established as a non-profit organization in 1980. Artists residing in Fort Point once occupied buildings owned by Boston Wharf. I guess you can say they lived an avant-garde lifestyle living, working and breathing under the same roof as many other artists. However, three years ago, Boston Wharf sold the living space to developers who removed the artists in an attempt to reconstruct the neighborhood. And reconstruct they did. However, the artist presence in Fort Point is still strong and thriving to this day. They are working to rebuild the artist community and develop the vacant buildings still left in the neighborhood. Meet Lisa and Daniel- two artists who have lived in the community for over ten years. This is their story.
CREDITS: Filmed, edited and produced by Lori Schmon. Photos taken by BU grad student Kellie Ryan. Reporting, research and filming done by BU senior Lindsay Perna
Submission for the Friends of Fort Point Channel's "Make a Point" competition.
Six semi-finalists were selected to present. Each presenter displayed 20 images of their concept and previous work for 20 seconds apiece, for a total time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. This was a fun, fast paced way to convey many ideas in a short period of time.